Anyone miss the alien war?
2022.01.17 19:55 it6585 Anyone miss the alien war?
Just remembered that it was a thing and now im wondering if anyone misses it
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2022.01.17 19:55 ThunderVamp9 My Response to Rob Bricken's "Afterlife" Gizmodo Review
So we've all likely seen this mess of a review trying to tear the new movie a new one. I figured I'd go through his little FAQ answers and show all the points his answers were flat out wrong.
For Further Discussion:
- Hey, why are you doing this? A lot of people loved Afterlife! They called it “nostalgia done right.” "I can’t speak to their opinion, because I can’t think of a film that did nostalgia worse other than The Rise of Skywalker." This will just have to be covered by showing all your failures in apparently watching the movie further along here. Wow, what a way to start an unbiased review...
- But the movie is all about a new set of kids learning about the Ghostbusters legacy and taking on the mantle for themselves! "It’s about a new set of kids learning about the Ghostbusters legacy and then the old Ghostbusters—the very, very old Ghostbusters—showing up to redo the end of the original film, but worse." Did you not see this movie, Rob? This is a serious question. The original team doesn't even show up on the scene until an hour and forty-three minutes into the movie. Other than that we only see Ray in a scene that I'll cover later in your snarky extras. And there's no re-doing the end of the original going on. Yes, the original team shows up to help. But when they attempt to cross the streams, it fails. Gozer beats them. It's the new kids who do the trick. The originals help, but it Phoebe and Trevor and their mom who beat Gozer. Not by closing the portal, but by actually using Egon's plan to trap the Gatekeeper and Keymaster and all of the ghosts who fed Gozer their power. If you actually watched the film, it wasn't a series of traps designed for just the Gatekeeper and Keymaster (Terror Dogs). It also trapped ALL of the ghosts swirling overhead in the stormcloud above. With the Gatekeep and Keymaster both trapped along with the source of power from all of the trapped ghosts, Gozer is permanently defeated. Not by the original team, who merely played backup, but by the kids and their mom.
- Whoa. What happened to the Ghostbusters? "Well, after the business sort of died off—and that pun was not intended, believe it or not—Egon tried to convince them that another apocalypse was coming. I want you to read this sentence very carefully, because it is bananas: Ray Stantz, Winston Zeddemore, and Peter Venkman did not believe him." Ray said Egon was acting crazy. He's acting spooky and telling the few customers they have that their ghost problems don't matter. It's not that they didn't believe him. But he didn't sound like he was providing evidence for his theory either. And this was a guy who, according to the first film, tried to drill a hole in his head at one time, so it's not like he hasn't done stuff before that would seem crazy. They are living in a time now where ghost busting has dried up. All threats are gone, and a guy who may be brilliant is talking about a new apocalypse but doesn't have anything to back it up apparently, because otherwise Ray of all people would believe him. This is very plausible.
- What? Are you kidding me? "After the events of Ghostbusters one and two, and after Egon repeatedly revealed himself to be the only one who had any clue what was going on with all things supernatural, even though they’d basically stopped the apocalypse twice already, suddenly these guys don’t believe Egon. Egon, naturally, steals the Ecto-1 and all their ghost-busting equipment and inexplicably everyone’s jumpsuits and heads to the middle of nowhere, Oklahoma. And abandons his family in the process, don’t forget." Well, let's not forget that Ray also has quite a clue about all things supernatural, or are you discounting how much research he also does. Of the original 3, Ray and Egon were both the brains. if anything with Egon, he was more the technical genius, the one who made the hardware. Ray knew just as much about the etheric side of things. Now, if you had actually watched and paid attention to the movie, you would know that Egon did not take everything. According to Ray's own words, he took his set of jumpsuits (they're work suits, he wouldn't have just one). He didn't take Ray's, Peter's or Winston's. They have theirs on at the end. His proton pack and Neutrona wand. Not the others. 16oz of fuel isotope. Yes, all of the traps. And Ecto-1. I assume he took Ecto-1 to carry everything in. And he left his family behind likely to keep them safe while he searched for this temple. We know from Ray again that Egon didn't communicate with them again for 10 years. That's 10 years of trying to find what he was looking for. 10 years he would have been dragging his wife and daughter around on a search that may not have had an end any time soon. Take a minute to process that. It's a lot.
- OK. So why does Egon need to leave his family to deal with whatever’s happening in Oklahoma? "No reason whatsoever, other than the plot requires his granddaughter Phoebe (Mckenna Grace) to be completely ignorant of all things Egon and Ghostbusters so she can slowly learn about them through the movie with help from Egon’s ghost." Covered in #4
- We’ll get back to that in a minute. Why don’t the Ghostbusters believe Egon? "No reason whatsoever, other than the plot requires the remaining three members to be sidelined until the very end of the film as a fan service-y deus ex machina. " Covered in #3.
- Wait, why would Egon take every else’s jumpsuits? " No reason whatsoever, other than the movie wants to have Phoebe, her older brother Trevor (Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard), his love interest Lucky (Celeste O’Connor), and Phoebe’s friend Podcast (Lo— Podcast? I do not want to talk about Podcast. Ahem: and Phoebe’s friend Podcast (Logan Kim) dressed as Ghostbusters for the film’s final act." Covered in #4
- Also, is Afterlife a comedy? This premise sounds kind of bleak. " It’s not a comedy. Oh, there are quips, and Phoebe tells some bad jokes to diffuse awkward situations because of her social anxiety, but this is mostly a deadly serious love letter to the first Ghostbusters movie. " Nothing really wrong with that. It was a lighthearted movie. Very much similar to the original. Ghostbusters may have been a comedy, but it wasn't "keep you laughing" comedy. It was lighthearted, but also serious with the source material So was Afterlife.
- Why does Afterlife take Ghostbusters so seriously? "Because the 40-year-old fans who got disgruntled about the 2016 Ghostbusters movie take it so seriously. But I talk about studios kowtowing to the most entitled-feeling sections of fandoms all the time, so I’d rather talk about how it ends up wrecking Afterlife as a movie." Do we really wanna talk about kowtowing to to the most entitled-feeling sections of movie-goers? Ghostbusters ATC did that in spades. But hang on, you adored that movie based on comments you made in this article: https://gizmodo.com/fall-out-boys-new-ghostbusters-theme-song-unlike-busti-1782490942 "we fully expect a legion of jackasses to flood the internet and blame this on the fact that the new Ghostbusters movie stars women. Honestly, I’m so ready for assholes to start a new barrage of Ghostbusters-centric misogyny about this dumb song that I actually feel sort of defensive about it I mean, I don’t like the song particularly, but it doesn’t invoke any kind of anger or disgust in me. In that sense, it’s technically one of my favorite Fall Out Boy songs ever. I sure as hell like it more than I like the garbage piles who spend all their energies railing against a film because it had the temerity to cast women instead of men." "I sure as hell like it more than I like the garbage piles who spend all their energies railing against a film because it had the temerity to cast women instead of men. This. This is why I’m going to see it even if advance word is one of it being worse than a dumpster fire with your grandparents trapped inside. And the “Oh, I just don’t like it because it looks bad” excuse is bullshit." You pretty much said all you need to about your opinion there. You went into Afterlife with a chip on your shoulder to begin with.
- Okay, do tell. "The first 80 percent of this movie is mainly about the kids, especially Phoebe, and it’s pretty good! The actors are good, the dialogue is fun, and they’re doing exciting things like discovering the Ghostbusters equipment and then trying to catch a ghost while driving down Main Street in the Ecto-1 in broad daylight and inadvertently tearing up the town. The last 20 percent is all about the original Ghostbusters, and they’re the problem." You were not watching this movie. You were pissed it was removing Ghostbuster ATC from continuity and leaving it to die in the dustbin of history where it belongs. Again, Ray isn't in the film until and hour and five minutes into the movie for 3.5 minutes. Then we don't see or hear from any of the original team again until an hour and forty-three minutes in. So after Phoebe talks to Ray, we have another 40 minutes before we even see the original team again. They're gone when the movie ends 9 minutes later, not counting end credits scenes which were nod to the fans. If 12.5 minutes of the original team equals 20% of the movie (it doesn't) and can discount an hour and forty minutes of the kids and fun dialogue, exciting things like discovering the Ghostbusters equipment and then trying to catch a ghost while driving down Main Street in the Ecto-1 in broad daylight and inadvertently tearing up the town, then I'd say the problem lies entirely with you, not the movie.
- How can they be the problem? People love those guys. "In multiple ways, actually. First, it turns out they’ve secretly hijacked the movie from the very beginning. What Ghostbusters: Afterlife really, really wants to be is the first Ghostbusters again—not a sequel, the exact same movie—and pit Venkman, Stanz, and Zeddemore against Gozer the Gozerian again. And in order to get them there for the rematch, but only for the final act, the plot becomes nonsense." You really need to explain this better. Hijacked it from the very beginning? When they have a total of 12.5 minutes of screen time? The exact same movie?? Admit it, you wrote most of this based on trailers or something, didn't you? Or after sniffing glue?
- How so? "Well, there’s the aforementioned “Egon becomes a terrible person and the other Ghostbusters suddenly stop trusting their friend” nonsense. But then there’s the rest of the premise, which also makes no sense. You see, for some reason, there’s a secret temple to Gozer hiding in a mountain in Oklahoma, which is what Egon abandoned everybody to deal with. His plan was to capture a Terror Dog—yes, they’re back too, as are the Gatekeeper and Keymaster—and lure what seems to be the spirit of the second Terror Dog back to his dirt farm, where he’d capture it in a giant trap he’d made—a trap far, far more powerful than he’d need for just the Dog. He manages the first part, but there’s an electrical short, the trap doesn’t work, and the spirit of the second Dog kills Egon." Well, we covered Egon leaving earlier. Not gonna rehash that. The rest of the premise makes sense if you watched the film without going "God, I miss Melissa McCarthy". The temple? It's in a mine Ivo Shandor (the guy who built the apartment tower in the first movie) used to mine the Selenium for the girders in the first movie. See, that's a nice nod to the first film right there. We knew in that movie it was made with Selenium girders. The Terror Dogs ARE The Gatekeeper and Keymaster. They're not separate entities like you seem to think. That's always been obvious, and shows your lack of actually knowing the franchise before you try and tear into it. The rest of your complaints have to do with Phoebe being shown the trap, and letting out one of the Dogs and why would Egon's ghost show her that and allow it? Hmmmm, perhaps because he's only been dead about a week, and the trap wasn't meant to hold a ghost indefinitely? That's the purpose of a Containment Grid. Perhaps Egon knew it was only a matter of time anyway before the Dog escaped the trap, and by showing it to Phoebe it would start the ball rolling with someone who had just previously claimed to her new friend that she didn't believe in ghosts. He does have a plan for defeating Gozer once and for all as I outlined in #2 above: trap the Gatekeeper and Keymaster and all of the ghosts who fed Gozer their power. If you actually watched the film, it wasn't a series of traps designed for just the Gatekeeper and Keymaster (Terror Dogs). It also trapped ALL of the ghosts swirling overhead in the stormcloud above. With the Gatekeep and Keymaster both trapped along with the source of power from all of the trapped ghosts, Gozer is permanently defeated. Now, WHY he trapped one of them at the mine we don't know. Could be the opportunity was there and he took it, hoping that without the minions alone Gozer couldn't manifest. Could have been a gamble. Could have been a case of "maybe I can get these 2, then when the ghosts all finally break free from the pit in the mine, we can just hunt them down one by one if needed."
- "Perhaps it could— "Please let me continue. Somehow, releasing the Terror Dog spirit allows both Dogs to fully manifest in the real world. They possess the only two adults in the film, Callie and Gary Grooberson (Paul Rudd), who free Gozer from a different trap made of proton streams that Egon had built. At some point, Phoebe realizes Egon’s plan was to lure Gozer back to his farm with the captured Dog as bait, and then trap the god in his giant trap. Do you see the problem here?" Did you have a problem with the Dogs possessing the only 2 people we'd seen in the movie in the original although they were in a city of millions? I mean, the Keymaster went after Louis, when he was in a party FULL of other people. He ignored them and chased Louis through the city. The Gatekeeper happens to pick Dana of anyone else in the entire building. And Egon did not have a "trap" for Gozer. He had a series of proton streams that could keep the spirits and Gozer from emerging for a time. But every time they activated triggered earthquakes. Egon was a genius. He'd know that solution was temporary. The ultimate plan WAS to lead Gozer's minions and all the ghosts to the giant trap on the farm.
- What do you mean, “steal” the movie? "Phoebe and Podcast manage to capture a Terror Dog after Gozer is freed, and everyone hightails it to Egon’s farm to enact his plan he did not plan. Of course it doesn’t work, but the original trio miraculously shows up in time to save everyone else from Gozer. Phoebe helps out with her proton pack, but it’s revealed that she’s being assisted by the blue VFX Force ghost of Egon, so it’s really just the original four. Trevor decides to zap the failed power cells by shooting them with a proton stream, a thing that inexplicably works, and Carrie Coon pulls a lever, but it’s really just the original four doing the same thing you saw them do in the first movie, but worse." Again, if you think them helping at the end of the movie is "stealing the movie" then there's no real help for you. You went into this movie wanting to hate it and succeeded.
- But I’m a fan and I liked it. Is that OK? "It is in the sense that Ivan Reitman and his son Jason made it for you, so why not? Just recognize that what was made for you to enjoy comes at the cost of everyone else’s enjoyment, because it makes the movie tremendously unsatisfying. Afterlife is about the kids, but we have no idea what happens to them after the battle. Do they stay in Oklahoma? Are they still dirt poor? Does their experience affect them in any way? It’s basic storytelling! Plus, they’re the ones who should have fended off Gozer. I’d honestly have forgiven a lot of these plotholes if I could have watched these kids succeed where Egon failed." OK, it came at the cost of YOUR enjoyment, but you were clearly biased against it from the word go. The non-critic reviews of the film say the audience enjoyed it just fine. Afterlife was about the kids. Do we know what happened after? No. I hope we see more to continue their story. But we know at the end of the story Callie has found some peace with Egon, the kids are ready to become the new incarnation of Ghostbusters. I'd say that's a given, and basic storytelling in movies to leave us wanting more. And you did see these kids succeed where Egon failed. The determined the plan. They enacted it. Phoebe fought Gozer when the original team was down. Trevor saw a way to make sure there was enough power for the traps. Callie trapped the minions and all of the ghosts. The original team helped, but they did not save the day. They failed on their own. The success came from and because of the kids.
- Why is the Ecto-1 covered in dust below the tattered sheet that was placed on top of the car to protect it from dust? Who knows how long Egon had it sitting before covering it up. For that matter, who knows how long he was driving it around without washing it before finding the right mine and settling in there to figure out how to stop Gozer once and for all?
- Why did Egon take the Ecto-1 if he wasn’t going to use it? Because he used it to get where he was going AND transport the equipment he took with him.
- Why, when arrested, would a supposedly smart girl like Phoebe call the old Ghostbusters helpline instead of her mom? Only one of the two could pick her up from jail, while the other could be called at literally any other time. Because she is a smart girl. She's a minor. She already knows the sheriff is calling her mom. Why waste a phone call to her? Instead why not use it to learn more about your grandfather and what might have happened, something that could give a clue to what they need to do or how serious it all is?
- Was Phoebe really going to murder the sheriff? Sure seemed like it! I doubt it. Don't be stupid.
- When Callie and Gary Grooberson (Rudd) are possessed, why didn’t Gary get a sexy outfit like Callie did? Why didn't Louis in the first movie? He ran around in Louis's clothes with the shirt half-untucked and all, while the Gate Keeper had the same outfit while possessing Dana.
- Why are the Mini-Pufts so eager for the sweet release of death? Because did you see the one in the blender? it wasn't hurting them. he smiled AFTER being shredded.
- Why did Egon install a very obvious firepole in his “secret” underground lab? Firefighters use one because they need to get out of the firehouse quickly to respond to emergencies—so why would Egon need one to get into his lab so quickly? Also, the floor is one small story down. How much time could a firepole save versus a set of stairs that have to be there, because otherwise, people would need to climb up the pole to get out? Did Egon install it purely for sentimental value? Ugh. Yes. Sentimental value. He liked the firepole.
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2022.01.17 19:55 thebigblackdwarf Does anyone have a link to a vod of the History lesson stream last week?
I missed this stream and only caught 5 minutes of the Microwave origin story. There's no vod on twitch or the stream archive channel. Can anyone help a man out? - wubby7
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2022.01.17 19:55 watheash Cost to build a Custom Home in Seattle / Bellevue Area
What does it cost to build a house in Bellevue area. Trying to get production builder quality (like Lennar, Toll brothers etc.). Nothing fancy in architecture or interior. Just a basic practical house with a functional floor plan and good sized yard. I already have a nice size lot with a house that is currently livable but older and smaller. So goal is to tear it down and build a new house.
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2022.01.17 19:55 56412365 [Method] Two Minutes of Work Changed Me
On a warm Fall day in 2021, I decided to change. The feeling that I could be doing more consumed me. It was time to crush those bad habits and get into shape. The days of wasting time were over. For at least the hundredth time in the last six years, I declared a new chapter in my life.
I attempted the 75 Hard challenge. Designed to improve mental toughness and discipline, 75 Hard is a phenomenon in the self-help world created by Andy Frisella. As a lazy college student wanting a better life, it sounded like the perfect way to whip me into shape. 75 Hard had strict rules, all to be completed in the day:
- Complete two 45 minute workouts
- Take a cold shower
- Reading 10 pages of a book
- Drink a gallon of water,
- Take a progress picture
- Consume zero alcohol (the real ass-kicker)
There was no flexibility. Excuses weren’t allowed for 75 days straight. Breaking a rule or not completing a requirement meant starting again on day one.
Planning out the next 75 Days felt like the beginning of my personal movie. I was gonna crush this shit. Thanks to the standards of the challenge, no more time was to be spent sleeping in and rewatching Breaking Bad for the 14th time.
Day one began. My alarm went off at 7:00 a.m. to get started (two hours earlier than I usually wake up). I didn’t press snooze. Fuck no, I was different now. Bleary-eyed, I pulled myself out of bed, chugged some water, splashed cold water on my face, and crushed the day.
My movie was underway and I felt invincible. Until I didn’t.
My attempt at the 75 Hard ended at the five day mark. It was a Friday afternoon, and I’d just walked out of a 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. lecture, still with both workouts, reading, and a shit ton of water to drink on my daily to-do list. Finishing all of that and getting my homework done? Improbable, given the way I’d wasted my morning. Staying in on a Friday night without a sip of alcohol? Laughable.
That was it. Sore muscles and damaged ego, I called it quits, threw myself into my bed for a post-lecture nap, and proceeded to take a hot shower before a night out. The Loop of Nightmares
Failing was a common feeling. My life since early high school was a painful loop–declaring drastic change, bathing in all the excitement and buzz that ‘this was it, the new me,’ and failing before another vain attempt a few months later.
It was a routine. I was a planning junkie, chasing the highs of my next overambitious attempt at change. Just as I couldn’t avoid the bong in my living room, I couldn’t avoid the next Big Plan. Capital B, capital P, always filled with bullshit.
I was in another slump, and my pathetic attempt at 75 Hard reiterated my past few years of failures. Was I unable to become the person I wanted to be? Were my bad habits, limiting beliefs, and pre-determined behaviors wired so far into my fucking brain that I was doomed?
Breaking promises to yourself builds up over time. Each failed plan reinforces that you can’t achieve your goals, you can’t exhibit self-control for long periods, and you are destined to spend your days rewatching Netflix originals and getting high at 10 a.m.
Slumped in my bed, hungover and the same person I was before starting the challenge, I remembered the most overused line of all time: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.” My attempt at the 75 Hard was insanity.
I’d never change this way. Excitement aside, it didn’t work. Days earlier, I felt like David Goggins: disciplined, hard, and able to take on anything. But I’m not David fucking Goggins. 75 Hard is a mental toughness challenge, and my attempt at it was the equivalent of a scrawny 14-year-old stepping into the gym for the first time and trying to bench 315 lbs. The 2 Minute Rule
For the first time in my life, I started small. Not medium, not ‘mildly realistic,’ but excessively small. James Clear, the God of Habits, writes about the two-minute rule: “when you start a new habit, it should take less than two minutes to do.”
I read Clear’s book Atomic Habits in 11th grade. Why didn’t I take its advice before? It was boring. Committing to a new two-minute habit doesn’t involve any drastic declaration of change, euphoric feeling of “Day 1”, or anything like the beginning of your own movie.
There was another reason it didn’t appeal to me as well–impatience. When we feel unsatisfied with much of what we do, it’s tempting to try and change everything at once. I wanted to get muscular now. I wanted to find my ‘passion’ now. I wanted straight As now. Starting small with a single area of your life means you must accept that other aspects will remain unsatisfactory for a while.
It took my pathetic attempt at 75 Hard to realize this. The impatience was killing me, and if I tried another quantum leap, I’d find myself in the same place or worse off in a year. My Method (and Reddit’s)
On November 20, 2021, I walked to Walgreens and bought a set of index cards and a big red sharpie. I drew seven lines vertically and horizontally across the card, creating 49 little boxes. I wrote a number in each box, going from one to forty-nine. (for more information, visit TheXEffect
on this method).
Sitting on my desk, still in the same week I failed 75 Hard, I had a little map of the next 49 days of my life.
I flipped the card around and wrote the following rules: On days 1-7, I must do two minutes of work related to a potential interest (school assignments did not count). From days 7-14, I would increase the time to five minutes. The progression continued as follows: Days 14-21: 10 minutes Days 22-28: 20 minutes Days 29-35: 30 minutes Days 36-42: 45 minutes Days 43-49: 1 hour.
The work was fully focused and timed. My phone had to be turned off, and all the messaging apps on my computer had to be silenced.
At first, I rolled my eyes. It was no 75 Hard challenge. It meant accepting in three weeks, I’d be only marginally better.
Day one was different this time. The David Goggins feeling was gone. I woke up as the same unmotivated, drained college student. The two minutes of work were a joke–I procrastinated into the evening because it was “stupid,” but eventually sat down at the computer, set a timer, and spent that time taking notes on a writing course.
As the timer went off, I pulled out my red sharpie and put a big red X across day one on the index card. I was no longer the skinny kid trying to bench 315 lbs. I was starting with the bar. Compound Change
What followed over the next week was a string of red Xs. It was easy but had a powerful effect: I kept promises to myself. I wasn’t at the start line. I was in motion.
As the weeks went on, so did the red Xs. Five minutes per day was no problem, and by the time I was in Week 4, I found it easy to sit down and focus for 20 minutes.
By day 24, I noticed a change in my thought patterns. Even when I wasn’t in my short period of focused work, I found my mind drifting to the writing course I was taking or thinking about other ways to be productive. Each red X was satisfying.
Eventually, I added a second index card. This time, the goal was to make reading a consistent habit. I’d previously started and quit many times, so the two-minute rule was necessary:
- Days 1-7: Read 2 pages
- Days 8-14: Read 5 pages
- Days 15-28: Read 10 pages
- Days 29-42: Read 15 pages
- Days 43-49: Read 20 pages.
Once again, the work came easily. As the semester flew by, the notecards both were filled with red sharpie marks.
My thoughts and motivation levels continued to change, and I stopped procrastinating on schoolwork. I slowly made a dent in ‘Think And Grow Rich’ and began to apply the lessons to my own life through positive self-talk, more defined goals, and the pursuit of specialized knowledge.
Reading and taking online courses each day made me more motivated and disciplined. I finished each day by checking off two red Xs and further enforcing that I kept promises to myself.
Once I felt I had a strong handle on both, on Day 36 of my first index card, I added a third habit: exercise. I started small but disregarded James Clear’s advice and didn’t follow the two-minute rule. My progression went as follows:
- Days 1-7: Go for a 10-minute jog.
- Days 8-14: Jog 10 minutes six days of the week, and go lift weights at the gym for one day (I could walk in, do a single squat, and leave if I wanted–but I had to go)
- Days 15-21: Jog 15 minutes five days, lift weights the other two.
- Days 22-49: Workout six days per week: 3 days running 20+ minutes and three days lifting at the gym.
I would've failed if I tried a 10-minute jog as my first habit. But that wasn’t the case. The reading and focused studying created momentum, and I found the jogs easy. The Result
As I write this, I have two index cards next to me full of red Xs: studying my interests and reading have become ingrained habits. I don’t need the index cards anymore, I just get it done. I’ve finished three books and have completed multiple free writing courses and marketing certifications. I’ve also maintained consistency with exercise: earlier today, I slashed a red X across day 26.
I have a ways to go. I’m no guru or productivity master. To be honest, my work hasn’t led to any meaningful achievements yet. Those take years to achieve.
Still, the change in my life has been significant. I’ve started several side projects (one of them being the blog where I first posted this
). Procrastination is no longer an issue, and instead of searching for the next quantum leap, I look for small changes I can add to my life, starting with a consistent progression over 49 days. It’s addicting.
If you are reading this, you may relate to the first part of the article. Changing everything at once and coming up with a grand plan is exciting. But it doesn’t work. Actual results come through boring routines that are compounded to become more intense and effective.
Months ago, it didn’t feel significant to set a two-minute timer, pull up the introductory video of a writing course, and get started. It was mundane. 49 red Xs later, I’m convinced it was the most important decision I’ve made.
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